Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for Atypical, giving us a look at the upcoming series that deals with growing up, family, and living on the autistic spectrum.
The eight-episode series focuses on Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum. As he travels on the path of self-discovery, his family are also being pushed to face their own challenges.
It looks like a sweet show, with a strong cast – including Jennifer Jason Leigh as Sam’s mother and Michael Rapaport as his father – and its heart seemingly in the right place. Of course, when you tackle something like autism on a comedy series it comes down to how in-depth and honest you can go while remaining respectful and holding from back from being too cutesy. Hopefully Atypcial balances that out.
Written and directed by Robia Rashid, whose writing/producing credits include The Goldbergs and How I Met Your Mother.
Atypical, also starring Brigette Lundy-Paine and Amy Okuda, will hit Netflix on August 11.
Synopsis for Atypical:
Atypical is a coming of age story from the point-of-view of Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum searching for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives while exploring the question: what does it really mean to be “normal”? Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Sam’s mother, Elsa, who is on a life-changing path as her son gains more independence. Michael Rapaport plays Sam’s father, Doug, who desires to better connect with and understand his son. Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s scrappy sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda plays his therapist, Julia.